Parador de Granada

Historic accommodation set in a 15th-century convent on the grounds of Granada's Alhambra Palace

Overview

Stay at one of Spain's famous Paradores, a trend of turning historic sites into accommodations. Parador de Granada is in a 15th-century convent on the Alhambra grounds, giving you views of the beautiful palace and its elaborate gardens. Sleep in historic rooms, relax on the sundeck, and dine at the hotel's gourmet restaurant.

Pros
  • This historic hotel is within the Alhambra Palace complex and a 15th-century convent.
  • The grounds are quite large and include many unique amenities, including a garden with fountains, seating, and walkways.
  • Some rooms have an incredible view of the Alhambra, plus elements of the hotel's history, including original archways and wood-beamed ceilings.
  • The hotel's upmarket restaurant is a popular place to dine, with refined service in a beautiful setting, seating often spilling out onto a terrace overlooking the Alhambra gardens.
  • Relax with a drink or light meal in the hotel's traditional inner courtyard. 
Cons
  • Though you'll be next door to the Alhambra and Generalife, the hotel is about 25 minutes walking from Granada's downtown area and other historic sites.
  • Rooms could use some updates to match the elegance of other luxury hotels in Granada.

Hotel Information

4-star Hotel
+34 958221440
Real de la Alhambra, s/n

Kimkim Staff Review

Authenticity

It doesn't get much more authentic than staying in a 15th-century convent on the grounds of Granada's Alhambra Palace, built originally by the Nasrid Dynasty, starting in the 13th century. You'll find plenty of reminders of the building's history, including original archways, wood-beamed ceilings, tiled walls, and mosaic walkways. 

Location

The Parador de Granada allows you to stay in one of the best-preserved palaces of the Islamic world (with examples of Spanish Renaissance architecture). Next door is Granada's history, so you won't just be visiting it; you'll be sleeping in it! However, keep in mind that the hotel and Alhambra are both about 25 minutes of walking from the city's historic center.

Rooms & Bathrooms

The Parador de Granada offers standard rooms, superior rooms, and suites, all with comfortable seating areas and antique furnishings. Every unit has views of either the Alhambra Palace, gardens, or the surrounding area, though suites take the views to the next level with a wall of windows overlooking the palace. Some have balconies, and all include spacious, modern bathrooms. Though it's a luxury hotel with an incredible ambiance, some rooms feel a little outdated or missing those pieces that truly make a place luxurious. 

Other Highlights

The restaurant at the Parador de Granada is popular among locals and visitors alike, so booking a table in advance is essential. The eatery's terrace overlooking the Alhambra gardens is its biggest draw, but its refined indoor dining with white-clothed tables and romantic lighting is also a perk. Enjoy a unique menu that elevates traditional recipes, such as salmorejo (Andalusian gazpacho), habas a la granadina (fava beans with artichokes), and piononos (sponge cake rolls topped with cream). You can also enjoy the hotel's authentic inner courtyard and gardens with a sun deck and fountains.